The mission of N-STEP Dance Center is to create a love of dance in every student while creating an enviroment that is more than just “another dance studio”. With a combination of special programs, classes and events we strive to be your first choice in dance education for the whole family!.
Owner/ Executive Director
I have believed in the N-Step family since its beginning and as the new owner of N-Step Dance Center, I plan to work hard and give 150% to make a warm & caring environment while fostering your child’s love of dance. I have been married for 25 years, have four children and been caring for the elderly for nearly three decades. I love our dancers and watching them perform is my greatest joy.
Miss Ashley has been dancing since the age of 3 and has been sharing her love of dance for the past eight years. Ashley grew up dancing under the direction of Jennifer Rienert at New Hampshire School of Ballet. In 2012 she graduated from Dean College with a degree in Dance. During her time at Dean College she had the privilege of training under Jill Silverman, Bryan Steele, Gregory King, Kelly Peters, and Laura young. She was also a part of Dean Colleges prestigious Pointe and Modern Companies. While attending Dean College Ashley studied Dance History, Rhythmic Analysis, Dance Composition, Dance Anatomy, Creative Movement & Pedagogy. Ashley has performed many lead roles in her dance career such as Dew Drop Fairy in the Nutcracker. In 2014 Miss Ashley graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She is also part of the prestigious Dance Masters of American chapter 5.
This is Miss Ashley's eighth year at N-Step and enjoys teaching Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Musical Theater, Lyrical, and Contemporary. She has choreographed numerous competition pieces that have won choreography awards and high score overalls. When Miss Ashley is not in the studio she enjoys continuing her education at the DanceLife Retreat Center. Over the past decade she has taught all over New England and loves spreading the love of dance. She and her boyfriend Greg live in Manchester with their fur baby Nike.
Marie Bucklin began dancing at the age of seven at North Shore Dance Academy in Peabody, MA. During her 10 years with NSDA, she trained in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, lyrical and contemporary, and competed at several dance conventions and competitions. Marie attended Assumption University (formerly Assumption College) in Worcester, MA where she was on the dance team and named captain her senior year. She also worked for the National Dance Alliance for three summer seasons and traveled around the country to teach at their high school dance camps. After graduating from Assumption, Marie attended Boston University for her Master's Degree. During this time, she joined Boston-based dance company, DanceWorks Boston, and choreographed a variety of pieces for their bi-annual shows for 5 years in styles including lyrical, contemporary, jazz and pom, while also performing in numerous routines. She was a member of Boston hip-hop crew, Unyted Stylz, and served as Head Coach of the Southern New Hampshire University Dance Team for three years.
Marie works as Social Media Manager for a venture capital firm and lives in Londonderry with her husband Sean, daughter Lena, and their cat Sophie. They are expecting baby #2 - a boy - this June. You can find Marie at N-STEP on Wednesday nights teaching Jazz, Hip Hop, Strength & Conditioning, and choreographing pieces for our Dance Company.
Miss Jackie began dancing at the age of 2 at N-Step Dance Center! She has been dancing for almost 20 years and loves sharing her love of dance with her students. Miss Jackie grew up dancing competitively with N-Step and was trained in a variety of styles such as tap, hip hop, contemporary, jazz, ballet, and musical theater. As a competitive dancer, Jackie received many high score placements, special awards, scholarships, and titles. Jackie was also a member of the Londonderry High School Competitive Dance Team where she was able to choreograph many pieces for their performances. After she graduated high school she joined Touché Taps, a professional tap company under the direction of Shaina Schwartz, where she was able to learn, dance, and perform throughout New England. Miss Jackie began her teaching career at 17 years old and sees herself doing what she loves forever.
This is Miss Jackie’s fifth year teaching at N-Step and enjoys teaching tap, hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary. She has choreographed numerous competition pieces that have won choreography awards, special awards, and high score placements. You can find Jackie at N-Step on Monday and Wednesday nights teaching tap, hiphop, jazz, adult tap, and choreographing for our competition team!
Jackie is currently a senior at Southern New Hampshire University pursuing a degree in Communications & Marketing. When Miss Jackie’s not in the studio she enjoys gardening, painting, shopping, spending time with her puppy Willow, and caring for her many houseplants!
Lindsay has been dancing for over 24 years and was an N-Step student when we first opened our doors many years ago! Miss Lindsay grew up dancing competitively with N-Step and was trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, pointe, tap, hip hop, contemporary and musical theater. During her time at N-Step she won various regional and national recognition including National Miss Dance USA and was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine as a future star recipient. Lindsay attended UNH where she received her Masters in Elementary Education and a minor in dance. Lindsay was on the UNH Dance Company for 4 years and performed various styles including jazz, tap contemporary, hip hop, African, and aerial dance. After college Miss Lindsay became a member of the Boston Celtics Dance Team for 5 seasons. During her time on the Celtics she had the privilege of dancing overseas in Italy and Spain, representing her team at ProAction Dance in Las Vegas and was captain for 2 years. Over the span of her dance training she has trained with: Boston Ballet, Nappy Tabs, Travis Wall, Victor Smalley, Joe Lanteri and Marina Ortega. Miss Lindsay has been teaching for many years and is excited to be teaching at N-Step. When Miss Lindsay is not in the dance studio you will find her teaching in her classroom as a Pre-School teacher!
Kennedy Berry has been dancing since she was 3 years old, and was a student at N-Step for over 6 years. Kennedy was a part of the competition team and trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, and Musical Theater. She is a Junior at the University of New Hampshire, and is majoring in Psychology as well as minoring in Dance. She cannot wait to start her journey as a dance teacher at her second home. Nothing brings her more joy than performing on stage as well as watching others do the same!
Hannah Tanner grew up in New Hampshire where she was trained in styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop. During high school she apprenticed with Urbanity Dance Company in Boston to gain some real-world experience. After graduating from high school, she attended Pace University in New York where she received her BFA in Commercial Dance. While there she performed works by and trained under teachers and choreographers such as Scott Jovovich (original cast of Fosse on Broadway), Rhonda Miller (founder of The Edge LA), Jess Hendricks and Dee Caspary to name a few. Since graduating she has worked as a professional dancer in both New York and Los Angeles. Most recently she worked with Princess Cruise Lines as a dancer. Now she continues to train in preparation for her next role.
Jade has been dancing since she was 3 and has been teaching since she was 15. Jade trained at Bedford Dance Center and continued her studies at Dean College where her major was dance, during COVID she transferred to SNHU to finish her business degree. She absolutely adores teaching and watching each student shine in the classroom as well as onstage. She is very excited to now be apart the N-Step family and share her love for dance!
Miss Amanda is an N-Step Dance Center Competition Team Alum! She started dancing at N-Step at age 6, joined the competition team by second grade, and continued dancing straight through her senior year of high school. Her love of dance started with jazz and quickly grew to tap, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and her favorite, musical theatre. Amanda’s artistic flair was not only found on stage, but also through the lens of her camera. After Amanda graduated from N-Step, she continued working with N-Step by producing the recital and mock competition videos. Amanda’s love of children and dance is what brought her back to the studio to help Miss Albertine part-time.
Amanda graduated from SNHU with a degree in Business Administration and works a Digital Strategist at Silvertech in Manchester, NH. She lives in Manchester, NH with her husband, two cats and a baby on the way!